Norm Macdonald Net Worth – Life and Career

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Introducing: Norm MacDonald’s net worth and salary 2020. What is Norm MacDonald net worth today and how did he become successful? Read on to find out the story behind Norm MacDonald success in stand-up comedy, net worth, family, career, and more.

Who is Norm MacDonald?

Norm Macdonald Net Worth and Salary

Norm MacDonald is a famous Canadian stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. He was a part of NBC’s American late-night live television variety show, ‘Saturday Night Live’ for five seasons (including hosting the Weekend Update for three years).

He has also made appearances in ‘NеwѕRаdіо’ аnd ‘Тhе Drеw Саrеу Ѕhоw’ and started his own show called ‘Тhе Nоrm Ѕhоw’ in 1999.

His incredible talent and passion for what he does have earned him quite a reputation in the entertainment industry, and a net worth of $1.5 million as of 2020.

Net Worth$1.5 Million
Source of WealthStand-up, Televison, Film
Date of Birth October 17, 1959

Early Life

Nоrmаn Gеnе Масdоnаld wаѕ bоrn оn Осtоbеr 17, 1959, іn Quеbес Сіtу, Quеbес, Саnаdа to Percy and Ferne Macdonald. His father served in the Canadian Army during the second world war but later became a teacher, while his mother was also a teacher. He has two brothers, Neil and Leslie MacDonald. His older brother Neil is a journalist with CBC News. Norm grew up in Оttаwа, Саnаdа and attended Quebec High School and Gloucester High School in Ottawa.


Norm began his career as a stand-up comedian and performed in clubs in Ottawa, Canada. In 1987, he appeared on the ‘Just For Laughs’ comedy festival in Montreal before joining the cast of NBC’s Saturday Night Live (SNL) television program in 1993. At that time, Norm did impression of different characters such as Burt Reynolds, Larry King, David Latterman, Charles Kuralt, Quentin Tarantino, and Bob Dole. He was then lifted to anchor the ‘Weekend Update’ for SNL a year after during the show’s 20th season.

Norm Macdonald Net Worth

During his time as anchor of the segment of SNL, the Weekend Update, Norm would often time make references to prison rape, crack whores and the Germans’ love of Baywatch star David Hasselhoff.

He also publicly poke fun of prominent public figures such as Marion Barry, Hillary Clinton, Michael Jackson and O. J. Simpson who he picked particular interest in throughout the former football star’s trial over the murder of his ex-wife. After the

acquittal of Simpson, Norm opened the following broadcast of the “Weekend Update” by saying: “Well, it is finally official: Murder is legal in the state of California.”

His continued mockery and blackguard of celebrities and prominent public figures led to an Inconceivably large decline rating and a drop-off in quality of the show.

This resulted in his removal as the anchor of the Weekend Update in 1998 by Don Ohlmeyer, president of NBC‘s West Coast division.

After his sack from SNL, Norm joined CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman and Howard Stern’s syndicated radio show. There he accused Ohlmeyer of firing him because of his joke about Simpson.

Norm went on to do the voice-over of the dog character Lucky in the Eddie Murphy adaption of Dr Dolittle. A role he reprised in both movie sequels and also continued his voice-over role as the character of Death in Family Guy.

He signed a deal with Comedy Central which helped him start his own show, Back to Norm, and the release of his comedy album called ‘Ridiculousness’. Currently, Norm is working on trying to perfect and advance his craft in stand-ups.

Personal Life

Norm MacDonald is currently divorced. However, he married his ex-wife Connie Vaillancourt, who is a therapist in 1988.

The two had a son named Dylan who was born in 1993. Shortly after, the couple divorced in 1996. A year later, Norm was seen dating Elle Macpherson.

The relationship lasted frоm 1997 tо 1998. Norm is addicted to gambling, an addiction that started after he won a six-figure amount at the craps table in Atlantic City.

His addiction has also cost him a lot of money, he revealed in an interview on the WTF Podcast with Marc Maron in 2011 that;

“I lost all of my money gambling three times, and the largest amount I lost at once was $400,000.”

Norm MacDonald’s Net Worth

Norm MacDonald is a renowned stand-up comedian. Aside from his sitcoms and stand-ups, he is also a producer, director, and writer.

His wealth is drawn from his numerous appearances on different TV shows and also from book sales(one of which became #6 bestseller book for humour).

Norm has done several voice-overs for characters in different animation movie and is regarded as one of the most established TV personalities have appeared in a total of 97 episodes of SNL. Norm MacDonald has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.

Awards and Nomination

Norm has been hailed as one of TV’s most prominent personalities over the years.

The highlight of his career was as the anchor of the Weekend Update in the SNL show. In 1993, Norm was nominated in the CableAce Awards as well as Online Film & Television Associated Awards.

Norm won the 2016 and ’17 Canadian Screen Awards and is rated in the Top 100 Stand-up comedians of all time by Comedy Central.

Did You Know?

  • Norm was fired from SNL ‘Weekend Update’ for lack of Humour.
  • He made an appearance on the celebrity edition of ‘Who Wants to be A Millionaire?’ and won $500,000 for Paul Newman’s Charity Champ.
  • He did the Voice-over of the character, Lucky the Dog in Dr Dolittle 1, 2, and 3.
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